Archive for the ‘Family Craft Projects’ Category

Decoupage Mason Jar Pumpkin

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

With just a few days until Halloween, we want to share some very simple, kid-friendly crafts you can create with materials you might just already have around the house.  This candle holder (made by Production Assistant and Craft Expert Sierra) is a fun project and makes a beautiful seasonal decorations.  It’s also a great way to use any leftover materials you might have from the Collage Jewelry Kit.  We hope you have fun celebrating Halloween with your family and friends!

Decoupage Mason Jar Pumpkin

Decoupage Mason Jar Pumpkin

DIY Tutorial by Sierra Powell


  • Smooth-sided glass jar
  • 1 Collage Jewelry Kit OR tissue paper, school glue, paint brush
  • Beads, sequins, ribbons, any other decorations (optional)
  • Tea light candle

*As always, these are just guidelines to get you started–feel free to experiment!

  1. Choose the colors/patterns of tissue paper you want to use.
  2. Cut out or rip up pieces of tissue paper into small (1-2″) pieces.
  3. Apply a thin and even layer of Artterro glaze to your jars using your foam brush.
  4. Start laying down pieces of paper on your containers, gently smoothing any bumps or creases with your fingers. *Try layering different sizes of tissue paper, and overlap the paper in order to thoroughly cover the containers.

  1. Cut out a face or other design in a darker contrasting color and decoupage that on.
  2. Once you are finished laying down paper pieces, and are satisfied with the look of your pumpkin, apply an even layer of Artterro glaze over the entire piece. Make sure you cover the entire surface with glaze to seal it. Don’t worry, it dries clear!
  3. Decorate the jar however you want by gluing on beads, sequins, ribbon, or anything else on hand.
  4. Put a tea light candle inside and enjoy the festive glow!

If you end up making this, we would just love to see how yours turns out!  Please feel free to share on our Facebook page or email us at  Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

A very Happy Halloween from all of us here at Artterro.  We hope you have a festive, creative and safe time celebrating!

Card by Assitant Shipping Manager & Craft Consultant Sarina Hills-Blacks

More Wire & Bead Spider Crafts for Halloween

Monday, October 27th, 2014

The theme of this week’s Halloween DIY craft projects is SPIDERS!  We think spiders are fascinating, fun and a little freaky :)  Extra project idea: before trying out this simple tutorial by our crafty friend Janna, get inspired with facts and photos of spiders online.  Be sure to check back next week for a set of pumpkin-themed projects!

Wire & Bead Spider Sculpture for Halloween

Giant Halloween Spider Sculpture

Tutorials by Janna Doney


1 Wire & Bead Art Kit


1 Deluxe Bubble Wand Kit


A selection of copper wire and large beads


Long-Nose Pliers

*Important Note: These directions are meant to offer a helpful jumpstart to your project, but not all kids need them.  You can try a more open-ended approach and just see what your kids come up with after checking out the materials and the examples.  Have fun!

Wire & Bead Mini Spider

1. Use a big ring bead and one wire to create the body and legs for this spider. Wrap the wire around the ring with just over an inch of wire. Twist at the ring to tighten, and trim long side of wire to same length as other side. Repeat once next to first wrap, and two more times on the other side to create the legs.

2. Place the small ring toward the front in between the two sides of legs, overlapping some. Wrap with wire to secure.

3. Glue two flat beads to the front of the small ring for the eyes.

4. Glue a large marble bead into the body ring, and decorate with small beads.

Giant Halloween Spider Sculpture:

1. Choose 4 different colors of wire. Do not cut.

2. Choose the bead with the largest center (that all 4 wires will fit through). This bead will be the spider’s body.

3. Put all 4 wires through the bead and place the bead in the center.

4. On each side of the bead, twist one wire around the other to hold the bead in the center.

5. Form each wire into a spider leg.

6. Once legs are formed, trim ends if uneven.

7. Decorate the legs with small beads using craft glue if necessary.

8. Choose 2 beads for eyes and cut a small piece of wire to shape into the mouth. Glue them to the bead-body.

Together with the Friendly Purple Spider and Red & Black Baby Spider from our last post, you should now have a complete Artterro Spider Family for Halloween!  Now, you can work on making yarn spider webs or just find a cozy spot for your spiders–maybe on top of your jack-o’-lantern!  Happy Halloween!

Halloween Cat Barrette

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Are you getting into the Halloween spirit yet?  Here’s a friendly purple cat barrette to complement the Orange & Black Pumpkin Necklace we shared earlier this week.  Another perfect pre-Halloween play date project–enjoy!

DIY Halloween Cat Jewelry - Barrette

Purple Cat Barrette

Tutorial by Janna Doney


1 Wool Felt Jewelry Kit


Sewing Needle

Craft Thread

Beads and sequins


1. Use a big felt circle for the cat face, and cut out cat ears from another piece of felt.

2. With the purple thread, thread the needle and stitch on the cat’s mouth.

3. Cut a purple sequin into a triangle for the nose. Cut two green sequins into football-like shapes and choose two small green beads for the eyes. Sew the nose to the top of the mouth (point down) so you can see where to stitch on the whiskers.

4. Thread the needle with purple string again, this time using a thinner piece of thread, and stitch on the whiskers.

5. Sew or glue on the eyes on top of the sequins.

6. Stitch or glue ears to the top.

7. Sew or glue cat head to barrette. Let dry thoroughly before wearing.

Let us know if you make this yourself!  Happy Crafting!

Braided Pumpkin Necklace for Halloween

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

We are kicking off our series of Halloween DIY craft projects with a fun and simple jewelry tutorial from our crafty friend Janna.  This project would be great for a play date, craft night, sleepover or really anytime leading up to Halloween.  Be sure to check back later this week for another spooky jewelry project: Halloween Cat Barrettes!

DIY Braided Pumpkin Necklace

Orange & Black Braided Pumpkin Necklace

Tutorial by Janna Doney


1 Wool Felt Jewelry Kit


Craft thread

Sewing needle

1 Wool Felt Sphere

Sequins & Beads


1. Tie the white, orange and gray pieces of string together (a few strands of each color). Braid the 3 colors together. Don’t tie the other end until later.

2. String the braid with 3 beads, alternating orange and black.

3. Fold braid in half with about a half-inch space in the middle to prepare for the next step and set aside.

3. Take out one strand of yellow craft thread, and thread a needle with it.

4. Put the needle through the biggest orange felt ball at an angle.

5. On one end of the half-inch loop in the middle of the braid, attach the felt ball with the needle and thread. Let the ball hang about 1 ¼ inches. Pull needle back through very close to the same way through. This will ensure the yellow thread doesn’t hang over the middle of the necklace.

6. Repeat step #5, close to the same spot.

7. Repeat on the other side of the middle-half-inch. Hold in the air to balance the ball before tying off. Tie off and trim knots as closely as possible.

8. String more beads on the other side of the ball, continuing alternating colors from before.

9. Trim a black sequin into little black triangles for the pumpkin eyes. Cut notches out of the remaining piece of the sequins for the pumpkin mouth.  Sew to orange felt ball.

10. Sew a green bead onto the top of the felt ball for the pumpkin stem.

11. Tie a knot in the loose end of the braid and attach a necklace clasp to each end. Use two strands of the yellow string as an extension if necessary.

Let us know if you try out this Halloween craft!

A Paper Collage Book Project

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

We have made dozens of little books with our Bookmaking Kit, but it’s always fun to see what other people come up with using our materials. Today, we’re happy to share a Paper Collage Book Project created by our good friend and Spark Blog contributor, Heidi.  This project is the perfect way to take a little time for yourself or to get creative with your kids.  Finished books make excellent gifts, travel journals and scrapbooks.

DIY Tutorial by Spark blog contributor Heidi Crabb

Paper Collage Book Bookmaking Kit

Paper Collage Book Project


1 Bookmaking Kit, which includes handmade recycled paper, Artterro bead mix, craft thread and sewing needle


Sturdy paper of your choice

Needle & Thread

Embellishments of your choice

  • Gather your materials and set aside the paper, beads and embroidery floss of your choice.
  • Choose the paper for the front and back cover of your book.
  • Cut out the shapes for your cover collage.
  • Use liquid glue and paint brush to apply the glue on the back of the cut out. Adhere to the front cover of the book.
  • Gather your inside pages and arrange them evenly in preparation of binding the book.
  • Begin binding by threading the needle with the floss and pierce through the top third portion of the book from the inside, making sure the needle is headed to the outside of the book. This way, you can use the needle to string the beads.
  • String the beads onto the spine of your book and fasten with a small knot.

  • Use the embroidery floss to stitch along the edging of the cut out. Start and finish on the underside of the front cover so your knots don’t show on the cover.
  • Cut out another piece of paper in the style of your choice so you can cover the knots on the underside of the front cover. Adhere with glue.

  • Add any extra flair like sequins, words, or more paper collage on the back or inner pages.
  • Fill up your book with words or images, whatever pops in your head.  Keep as a journal, or give as a gift.


Art Journal Ideas: Remembering or Planning a Family Vacation

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

One of our favorite ways to be creative here at Artterro is art journaling.  We introduced our Art Journal Kit almost exactly three years ago, and we love to see how kids and adults alike respond to the prompts, supplies and inspiration in the kit.  September seems like a great time to share a series of journaling prompts and tips.  Something about the seasons changing seems to lead to introspection.

Our friend Heidi, a talented artist and mom to a homeschooling family, is all about art journaling as well.  She just shared a pre-vacation journal page with us, and hopefully it will inspire you or your family to set down a page or two of free-form thoughts, images and colors.

My family and I are leaving for San Francisco on Monday. So this entry was fun and meaningful to me.


Art journaling is all about mixing it up!  Drawing, painting, collage…you don’t need to commit to just one material or technique.  Here Heidi used pencil and handmade Artterro paper to begin her San Francisco-inspired art.

Art Journal Example 1

Here’s the finished page, where she traced over her drawing and added flourishes with pen:

Art Journaling Example

If you aren’t coming or going from anywhere in particular, try filling in a page with ideas of somewhere you’d love to visit.  Maybe it will inspire you to start planning a trip!

Art Journal Ideas: Illustrate an Inspiring Thought

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

art journal prompts birds

Today’s art journal idea is a simple one.  When you have a happy thought, write it down, and then create an illustration to match.  You can also reverse it: illustrate a happy image that pops into your head, and then write down whatever words you think of  around it.  If you do this regularly, your journal will fill up with positive ideas and images, and looking back on old pages will be uplifting!  Perfect for days when you need a little boost.

Tips and photo from our guest contributor, Heidi Crabb:

Draw and cut out design templates (like birds and leaves). Use them to trace onto the nice paper.

Add your words of dreams and visions! Pencils first, them trace over with a pen or marker.

What will your first happy thought be?

DIY Eco Jewelry Holder Tutorial

Friday, August 29th, 2014

When we redesigned our packaging, one of our goals was to make something more beautiful, but also more functional.  There is nothing sadder than thinking of all the product packaging that is manufactured and sold, only to end up in a landfill or (sadder still) the ocean.  So, we were determined to make useful, reusable packaging.  And we’re very proud of what we accomplished!  Here’s just one example of how to reuse the inner tray that comes in the Artterro box.  We hope you’re inspired to look at packaging a different way!

DIY Jewelry Holder

Tutorial by Spark blog contributor Anna Lee Steinbuck

DIY Eco Jewelry Holder


-Artterro inner tray

-leftover Artterro handmade paper



-Wooden skewers or rods (I used the rods from our Bubble Wands kit)

-Decorative items ( I used a felt flower and sequins)

Step 1: ***This step is for an adult to do!***

-Use heavy scissors to poke evenly spaced holes into both sides of the inner tray. I put three holes on each side so I could hang more earrings, but if you have longer dangly earrings you may only want to put two rows in.

Step 2:

Cut out paper to fit into the background and inner sides of your tray. I laid the paper over the back of the tray and traced the outline to get a perfect cut of paper.  Glue your cut out paper to the inside of the tray. Decorate the tray with any decorative embellishments you have.

Step 3:

Poke your rods through the holes you cut out. You may need to use the scissors again to widen the holes if the rods don’t slide in easily.

Step 4:


If you don’t want your rods sticking out, cut them down to your desired length. Depending on the thickness of your rods, you can either cut with scissors, a serrated knife, or a dremel cutting attachment.

Step 5:

Hang your jewelry from the skewers. Then use the perforated tab on the top of the tray to hang your jewelry display on your wall!

DIY Decoupage Project: Flower Pots

Friday, August 8th, 2014

We often hear from customers that after making all the jewelry pieces in our Collage Jewelry Kit, they still have a few pieces of our solid-colored and fancy-patterned tissue paper.  If you are in the same boat, we have two fun, simple and beautiful DIY projects for you to try out!  Last time we showed you how to decoupage a recycled glass bottle into a beautiful illuminated vase, and today we will show you how to transform a plain clay pot into a work of art.

DIY Decoupage Clay Pots

Project by Spark blog contributor Anna Lee Steinbuck

Materials: fancy tissue paper, plain tissue paper, recycled papers: (newspaper, magazine cut-outs), clay pot

Tools: foam brush, scissors, Artterro glaze

Optional Materials: soy based acrylic paint


  1. Gather all materials and tools. Arrange on a covered surface, (I laid down a few layers of newspaper on my table) because this can get messy!
  2. Cut out or rip up pieces of tissue paper and your other recycled materials. *I ripped up little bits of tissue paper by hand to make a “patchwork” kind of layered look, and cut out pieces with scissors for a more refined and polished look.  If you want to paint the lip of your flower pots, do this now and allow paint to dry for about five minutes before going on to step three.
  3. Apply a thin and even layer of Artterro glaze to your containers using your foam brush.
  4. Start laying down pieces of paper on your containers, gently smoothing any bumps or creases with your fingers. *Try layering different sizes of tissue paper, and overlap the paper in order to thoroughly cover the containers
  5. Once you are finished laying down paper pieces, and are satisfied with the look of your piece, apply an even layer of glaze over the entire piece. Make sure you cover the entire surface with glaze to seal it. Don’t worry, it dries clear!
  6. Allow your pieces to dry overnight before handling them. Keep the surface underneath them protected in case any glue drips. *Make sure there aren’t any stray pieces of paper that accidentally got stuck to the bottom of your piece!

Isn’t decoupage wonderful?  You can be as creative as you want, incorporating other materials and changing your design as you go.  Let us know if there are other objects you’d like to see us decoupage on the blog.  Happy crafting!